Blanchard lathe

Blan´chard lathe

1.(Mach.) A kind of wood-turning lathe for making noncircular and irregular forms, as felloes, gun stocks, lasts, spokes, etc., after a given pattern. The pattern and work rotate on parallel spindles in the same direction with the same speed, and the work is shaped by a rapidly rotating cutter whose position is varied by the pattern acting as a cam upon a follower wheel traversing slowly along the pattern.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Blanchard Lathe would subsequently be implemented at every arms manufacturing facility throughout the country, and is today the foundation for every machining operation, which duplicates a finished part from a pattern.
Stop by the Waters Mansion on Saturday, June 15 and you will see a small working model of the Blanchard Lathe, which is being transported to Millbury from Springfield Armory by historian and Park Ranger Richard Colton.
Especially effective are the displays of a Blanchard lathe and a Howe pin-making machine.